Tentsmuir Sands

Close to the mouth of the Tey Estuary, Tentsmuir Sands is a wide expanse of clean sands backed by grassy dunes, and Tentsmuir Forest.  The remains of various wartime defences can be found both on the beach and in the forest.  These were built by Polish troops who were stationed here during the Second World War. 

Look out for grey and common seals, both of which are frequently spotted basking on the sandbanks. There is also a variety of birdlife to be spotted, including eider ducks and oystercatchers. The forest is home to red squirrels.

The beach is popular with walkers and daytrippers. It is also good for collecting shells. Dangerous currents and quicksands make it unsuitable for bathing though.  There are plenty of trails and cycle tracks in the forest.

To access the beach, take the A92 and follow the brown signs to Tentsmuir Forest and Beach.  A single track road with plenty of passing places takes you to a public car park.  You will need £2 in coins to pass through the barrier.  Next to the car park is an information point with details of wildlife to be found nearby.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Good fishing


  • Picnic area

Nearest town



KY16 0DR

OS grid ref.

NO 5019 2421


Parking is available. a charge applies.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended

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Tentsmuir Sands Reviews

Cracking spot.

May 26th 2021

Great parking, stunning beach, fab forest walks, tasty crepe shack, friendly rangers. What more do you need.

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